Back To The Future Day is here October 21, 2015 – Eight predictions that happened to come true

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The film’s vision of the future wowed audiences when it was released in 1989, and over 25 years later, the forecasts have been more accurate than might have been expected.

Here are eight predictions that happened to come true, as well as three that were way off.

1) Hoverboards

We don’t have Pitbulls or Mattel hoverboads yet, but Japanese car company Lexus recently unveiled a prototype for a real, rideable hoverboard. A company called Arx Pax in California is also working on its own version, withhelp from a Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately they both rely on magnets, so are unlikely to be able to fly over water like Marty’s.

2) Wearable technology

In Back to the Future II, Marty’s future kids wear headsets at the dinner table to make and receive calls and watch TV. With the introduction of Google Glass in 2013, and gaming headsets like Oculus Rift in the works, virtual reality is not far off, and Microsoft’s recently announced Hololensbears more then a passing resemblence to Junior’s goggles.

3) Video calls

Marty’s video call with his co-worker Needles in Back to the Future II seemed like a futuristic dream, but with FaceTime and Skype now staples, the video call has evolved from a business medium to an essential of everyday life.

4) Hands-free gaming

While we don’t see it in the film, kids at Cafe 80s mock Marty for having to use his hands to play an arcade game, implying that Xbox Kinect-style gaming is the norm in their 2015. And guess what, it is.

5) Tablet computers

When Doc meets Marty by the clocktower, he is brandishing what looks like an iPad-style tablet computer. Today tablets are commonplace, with 233 million units expected to be sold in 2015, an 8 per cent increase from 2014.

6) Self-tying shoes

Marty’s self-tying trainers were one of the weirder inventions features in Back to the Future II. Now Nike designer Tinker Hatfield has confirmed he and his team are working on a consumer version of the shoes, complete with self-tying laces, and hopes to have them ready for sale by the end of 2015.

7) Robot car fuelling

For the most part, filling a car up is still largely the same as it was in the 80s, but that could be about to change soon. Tesla recently unveiled a bizarre robot snake-like contraption for its electric cars to recharge them when in the garage.

8) Fingerprint recognition

Most of us don’t use it to get into our house, but fingerprint recognition is now a major part of many people’s lives, being used on several smartphones to unlock them or pay for items.

But what about the misses?

1) Flying cars

We’re not quite at the stage of seeing cars zip through the air – though a DeLorean could do wonders for the rush-hour commute.

2) Power clothing

Now this is one thing we wish 2015 had brought: jackets that dry themselves and shoes that lace themselves up. Look, no hands!

3) Fax machines

The film went a little too heavy on its predictions for fax machines, which it imagined would be everywhere in 2015. Fortunately, they’re not

… And there’s one key invention Back to the Future II missed out: smartphones and tablets, undeniably the most important technological breakthrough of the last decade. Apple didn’t even get a look-in.

Might have come in handy when Marty and the Doc wanted to escape the future and head back to 1985.

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